- - Thursday, May 7, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The call by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for a federal investigation into police “use of force” should be a call for laughter as the height of gall (“Baltimore mayor wins praise for seeking federal police probe,” Web, May 7). There is the little matter of the department being Ms. Rawlings-Blake’s own. She directed it to stand down and give rioters a chance to burn down 100 or so businesses. Of course, as preached and demonstrated consistently by the Democrats, there is no such thing as personal responsibility.

Unfortunately this is also a blatant example not only of the failure of a politician to accept responsibility for a personal failing, but also of an attempt to blame the victims and change the subject. Baltimore was literally on fire, and Ms. Rawlings-Blake’s response was to side with the rioters. The referenced investigation assumes, as did the Maryland state attorney general, that the death of a young man was the result of systemic violence by Ms. Rawlings-Blake’s police department. Ms. Rawlings-Blake was in charge as her city was victimized by thugs. Trying to change the subject by blaming her own police department is too typical.

BILL MILLS

Sterling


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